Voice Recital – Deb Childs

Last night at the CRK Recital Hall, Payap University, Kaew Narawat Campus, Deb Childs, one of the staff members of the Duriyasilp College of Music, presented a Voice Recital. Deb originally from  Virginia, Minnesota has lived in Chiang Mai for over 10 years.

She was accompanied by the popular Japanese born Ajarn Atsuko Seta.

The first part of the programme consisted of Frauenliebe und leben by Schumann, Lydia and Mai by Faure, and Beau Soir by Debussy.

After interval, Deb sang a selection of arias from Puccini operas. O mio babbino from Gianni Schicchi, Donde lieta from Tosca, Vissi d’arte from La boheme and Un bel di from Madama Butterfly.

For an encore, Deb sang the regimental song from Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment.

She was rewarded by enthusiastic applause by an appreciative audience.

I have embedded two videos. In the first Angela Gheogghiu sings O mio babbino (Oh My  beloved father) from Gianni Schicchi and in the second  renata Tebaldi sings Un bel di ( (One fine day) from Madama Butterfly.


American Thanksgiving Day – The Pub

The fourth Thursday in November is American Thanksgiving Day. It is a public holiday in the USA.

It is of course not celebrated in Australia, or in Thailand for that matter, but in defference to American Expats living in Chiang Mai, The Pub‘s dinner special tonight was roast turkey.Many other restaurants also have Thanksgiving dinners.

I am rather fond of turkey so we went to The Pub. At 220 baht it was good value and it was delicious. I took home a couple of turkey legs to freeze for Christmas.

Blackboard Menu

Mine Host Graeme



Goi makes out our Check Bin

Don Tucks In




Australian Visitors

Lanterns at Mae Jo

I recently had visitors from Australia. They arrived here on the 11th November, in time for Loy Krathong, and departed on the 23rd of November.

My next door neighbour in Brisbane (Sue) came as well two other couples. Brian & Jacinta and Bruce & Cheryl.

Borsang Umbrellas

During the first week we visited tourist venues in and around Chiang Mai, including the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Wat Phra That Doi Sutep, Doi Pui Hmong village, Bhubing Palace, Pandas at the zoo, Silk and & Silver outlets, Borsang Umbrella village, and the lantern release at the Bhuddist Meditation Centre at Maejo University. We also had a day trip to Doi Inthanon.

On Loy Krathong night we spent a pleasant evening at Le Crystal restaurant and released komloys and Krathongs.

Our Group at Mai Sai - Brian & Jacinta, Sue, Toy, Cheryl & Bruce

In the second week we travelled arounn northern Thailand, visiting Doi Ang Kang Nature Resort, Mae Salong, Doi Tung, Mae Sai the Golden Triangle area,and Chiang Rai.

We visited the Royal villa at Mae Fah Luang. Unfortunately it was undergoing renovation and some sections were closed.

The visitors were impressed with the Hall of Opium at the Golden Triangle.

I have embedded a video (7 mins)

On their last evening in Chiang Mai my visitors treated me to dinner at the Xanadu Restaurant on the rooftop of he Furuma Hotel. We ordered from the Thai menu. The food was excellent and a fitting end to a great couple of weeks.

Sue & Toy Elephant Riding at Mae Sa







Start of Mae Sa Elephant Camp Show



Cheryl, Sue & Jacinta at Doi Pui


Cheryl became a Long Neck Karen






Bruce on a Swing at Doi Tung







Brian & Jacinta at Mae Sai



Jacinta & Sue on the Boat to Laos at the Golden Triangle




Me & Sue on a Swing Seat at a Restaurant on the Mekong





Wat Phra Kaew, Chiang Rai


The Chiang Mai Philharmonic Band

Last night The Chiang Mai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation, presented a concert at the Kad Theatre, in Kad Suan Kaew, called “Music With the Winds”.

The Chiang Mai Philharmonic Band is one of three ensembles under the banner of the Foundation. Players are selected by audition from schools, colleges, and universities in and around Chiang Mai.

Conducting duties were shared by guest Daniel Pittman, and the popular Chaipruck Mekara. The trombone soloist was Norrasate Udakarn.

Alfred Reed

The exhilarating opening piece Curtain Up! by Alfred Reed set the tone for an evening of great music. The remainder of the programme consisted of

On a Hymnsong of Phillip Biiss……Davd R. Holsinger

Colloguy for solo trombone and wind symphony……William Goldstein

Othello…..Alfred Reed

October…..Eric Whitacre

Danzon No.2…… Arturo Marquez

All in all a wonderfut concert in a beautiful theatre. It is always a pleasure to see young people making mucic.

At the conclusion of the concert the audience was invited to make cash donations to the Foundation or purchase instruments from the Yamaha display in the foyer.

The Chiang Mai Philharmonic Band

Daniel Pittman Conducting

Chaipruck Mekara Conducting

Trombone Soloist Norrasate Udakarn

Flower Presentation

Instrument Display by Yamaha


Dining Out Group – Saenkham Terrace


Last night the Dining Out Group ate at the elegant Saenkham Terrace restaurant. Look at their menu here. It is situated in the Club House of Ban Fai Fan 2.

A large group of 19 enjoyed the ambiance and food. Service was pleasant and efficient. The food was served without delay.

We ordered crab fried rice and sweet and sour sea bass.Both were delicious. Washed down with a large bottle of Leo beer and a coconut shake. At B750 for two it was good value.

Crab Fried Rice

Sweet & Sour Sea Bass





Our Table

Don's Fish Cakes


Paul’s Annual 40th Birthday Party

Paul at 40????

Last night we attended Paul’s Annual 40th Birthday party. It was a pot luck function at Paul’s Santitham house. Great food was available, a mixture of Western and Thai. Many of my expat and Thai  friends attended and it was an enjoyable evening.

It started at 6 pm and finished about 9 pm. Great times for oldies like me! Unfortunately the live music fisished early because the band had another engagement.

Sorry about the lack of pictures

Nop & Toy


Toy & Colin